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King Shepherd

King Shepherd
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Origin / History The origin of the King Shepherd can be traced back to several various breeds. There are various theories regarding the exact breed make-up, but it is generally accepted that two American dog breeders: David Turkheimer and Shelley Watts-Cross were the ones who developed this breed. They used European German Shepherd Dogs, Great Pyrenees, Alaskan Malamutes, and American German Shepherd Dogs. In 1995, an official breed club was established for King Shepherds.

The original version of the King Shepherd was very similar to the German Shepherd, but larger in size. Today's King Shepherd differs in conformation, size, and temperament from the German Shepherd. The King Shepherd has been granted recognition by the American Rare Breed Association and the International Rarities & North American Kennel Club.

Appearance The King Shepherd bears some similarities to the German Shepherd when it comes to appearance. King Shepherds have a muscular body that is longer than it is tall. The coat of these dogs come in two types: the long-haired variety that has long, wavy hair, and the coarse-haired type that has straight, short hair. Both types of coat have an undercoat and an outer coat. King Shepherds have pricked ears and deep set eyes that are medium in size. They have a broad and deep chest, and their tail is slightly curled, feathered, and is carried downward. Their paws are round, and their nails are short, strong, and usually dark in colour. The dewclaws of these dogs are removed.

Colours The coat of these dogs can come in a wide variety of colours. These include sable, black and red, black and tan, black and cream, solid black, and solid white. They can also have a black saddle with tan, cream, silver, gold, and red markings. The colours of these dogs should be strong and rich, not faded.

Temperament These dogs are self-confident and are not shy. Being highly intelligent, these dogs are fairly easy to train. They are also loyal and eager to please their owners. They make excellent working dogs and are great when it comes to herding sheep. King Shepherds can also serve as watch and guard dogs, because of their hardiness and courage. Aside from that, they also make great companions because they are friendly towards children, other animals, and even strangers.

Height and Weight Being fairly large dogs, King Shepherds range from 25 to 29 inches tall, and weigh 90 to 150 pounds.

Common Health Problems There are no known chronic health issues for this breed. These dogs, though, may be quite susceptible to getting afflicted with hip and elbow dysplasia.

Living Conditions It's not advisable for these dogs to be kept inside apartments. They should be provided with at least a large yard where they can run around and do some physical activities.

Exercise Requirements King Shepherds love doing strenuous activities, particularly when combined with some kind of training. These dogs are intelligent and they love being given good challenges. Owners should also take these dogs out for long, brisk walks, runs, or jogs daily. These dogs should not be under-exercised, because they may become restless and destructive when they don't get enough physical activity.

Training Requirements Due to their high levels of intelligence, these dogs can be fairly easy to train. Owners need to train these dogs using firm but gentle methods. These dogs should also undergo proper socialization at an early age.

Life Expectancy The life span of King Shepherd is approximately 10 to 11 years.

Grooming The coat of these dogs is highly resistant to weather and needs only little grooming. Owners should just brush these dogs regularly. Bathing or dry shampooing these dogs should be done only when necessary.

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